columbia public works

Business
5:52 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Compressed natural gas station should be finished by the end of July

Compressed natural gas logo
arz1969 Flickr

           The end of July will bring natural gas to Columbia. Columbia’s first compressed natural gas, or CNG, station is expected to be completed late this month but not all are in favor of the impact the project will make.

The plan to build a natural gas station started last September when the Columbia City Council approved a 15-year contract with Clean Energy, a natural gas provider.

The station will available for public use, but it will especially impact fleet operations in Columbia because some public vehicles are being converted to run on natural gas.

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Science and Technology
2:53 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Innovative pavement helps solve drainage problem

PaveDrain Up Close
Maureen Lewis-Stump KBIA

The Columbia Public Works Department had a problem. There were too many employees for its small parking lot. Workers would park along the street, disturbing residents living close to the department. At the end of the parking lot was an underground cavity, which was used to drain water into local creeks and rivers in the 1980s and has not been used since. But it was a good place to add onto the current lot, however there was a worry about drainage.

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Science and Technology
5:13 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

New pavement helps solve drainage problem

A drain collecting water
Thirteen of Clubs flickr

The Columbia Public Works Department had a problem. 

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Politics
10:07 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Columbia Public Works shares plans for project

A webcam posted at the Scott Blvd. construction site updates city residents on the project's progress with images such as this.
Credit Columbia Public Works

The Columbia Public Works Department hosted an open house Wednesday night at Mill Creek Elementary School to present design concepts on a future road project.

Phase three of the Scott Boulevard road construction project is set to begin in 2016. The department plans to add four miles of new sidewalk and nine storm mitigation basins from Vawter School Road to Route KK.

Other highlights include expanding the road to five lanes and building a new bridge over Mill Creek.

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Weather
10:02 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Snow and cold temps make clearing roads difficult in Columbia

Walnut Street in Columbia, Mo on January 2, 2013
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Mid-Missouri drivers are dealing with slippery roads Thursday after a winter storm that dumped two inches of snow in Columbia, according to the National Weather Service.

Across Mid-Missouri, as of 10:00am Thursday morning highways were listed as either covered or partly covered according to the Missouri Department of Transportation’s traveler information map. Check for the latest updates at this link.

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Politics
8:11 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Safety project proposes barrier along College Ave.

The intersection of College Avenue and Rosemary Lane in Columbia, Mo., is one area that would be blocked by the proposed barrier.
Credit KOMUnews / flickr

College Avenue, a four-lane highway on the east boundary of the MU campus, may be getting a new look in the near future.

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Politics
9:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Columbia adopts new neighborhood traffic plan

Credit Sarah Redohl / KBIA

Columbia’s city council adopted the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Monday.

The program allows the Public Works Department to work with residents to fix problems in their neighborhood and aims to help calm traffic on residential streets. A neighborhood can make a request to fix traffic and a study will be performed to see if the issue is of legitimate concern.

“It’s great to have some kind of uniform strategy for handling questions that come up from neighborhood residents and neighborhood leaders,” said Community Development Director Tim Teddy.

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Business
8:23 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Airports contribute $11 billion to Missouri's economy

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The 108 airports in Missouri contributed $11 billion to Missouri’s economy, with $3.1 billion of that coming from 100,621 jobs, according to a study released by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The study looked at direct impact money, which includes the salaries of airport workers, ticket revenue and contractors hired for construction. In addition to the direct impact, there is indirect impact money that includes hotel room and rental car sales.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Columbia Public Works takes comments on Clark Lane project

Columbia Public Works Department held an informal meeting Wednesday to present design concepts for its Clark Lane Non-motorized Improvement Project. 

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Politics
7:31 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Columbia residents will vote on bond issue for sewer repairs

Sewer materials
Credit File Photo / KBIA

Columbia voters will decide next Tuesday whether to approve funding to maintain and repair the city's aging sewer system. 

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Crime
8:31 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Columbia employs iPhone technology for parking violations

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Columbia Public Works is using a new form of technology to enforce parking regulations. The department has started using smart phones to document parking tickets, correspond with other agencies involved in issuing the tickets, and to take photos of the parking violations.

This technology will replace the currently used devices which use outdated technology and have caused complications in communication. Columbia Parking Supervisor Tanner Morrell says the phones are simplifying the communication between the agencies involved in issuing tickets.

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Business
4:41 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Columbia will not be reimbursing American Airlines for March

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The American Airlines announced that the Columbia Regional Airport reached its revenue goal for the month of March.

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Business
5:24 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Snow cleanup closes parts of downtown Columbia

Traffic backs up on Broadway as people try to leave downtown Columbia Thursday afternoon.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Parts of downtown Columbia will be closed to traffic on Friday night for snow removal.

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Business
3:30 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

City launches parking project for North Village residents

Columbia City Hall
KBIA file photo

The Columbia City is launching a parking permit program today, hoping to alleviate a parking shortage in the North Village area.

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Weather
4:35 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Columbia officials prepare for winter storm

Winter (storm) is coming, according to this Accuweather radar taken at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Credit Accuweather.com

Officials in Missouri are making preparations for a winter storm that’s expected to hit Columbia during the morning commute Thursday.

The National Weather Service says the storm, which already has dumped inches of snow and rain out West and across the plains states, is projected to bring at least two to four inches of snow accumulation and up to two tenths of an inch of ice in Columbia and surrounding areas.

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Weather
7:13 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Officials stress caution on roads on New Year's Eve

Ryan Famuliner KBIA file photo

The Columbia Public Works department says, based on local forecasts for winter weather, the department decided to start pre-treating roadways this morning.

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Politics
12:23 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Yellow lines painted to ameliorate parking problems near Grant Elementary

Columbia Public Works Department workers recently painted yellow lines to restrict parking along Crestmere and South Garth Avenue.

Crestmere Avenue residents are frustrated at the parking situation on their street. Library patrons and parents with children in Grant Elementary school park on the street, leaving no room for residents. Workers painted the yellow lines after a resident asked their council representative to review the situation. Public Works Department Engineer Richard Stone said the yellow lines provide information to motorists.

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Agriculture
5:26 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Public sees plans for new sewer lines in Columbia

Columbia public works officials are removing private sewer lines from local neighborhoods.  

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Business
5:13 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

New bus route to Columbia Farmers Market

Last Saturday was the first day of a new bus route that takes passengers from the University of Missouri Student Center to the Columbia Farmers Market.

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Off the Clock
4:49 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Riding with the Bike Brigade

SFBike Flickr

This week, we hear how one person deals with homesickness, when home is almost ten thousand miles away. But first, we hit the streets of Columbia on bikes.

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